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25/02/02 Three Diamonds in a Row for Classic Sale
The reputation of the recently held Sydney Inglis Classic Yearling Sale continued on Saturday when the unbeaten colt Bel Esprit scored a gutsy win in the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

His win extended the run of the Classic Sale graduates to three. The last two winners of the event were also sold at the sale renowned for its great value.

"For a sale that achieved an average price of just $29,117 this year, it has an amazing record of producing affortable top class gallopers," Inglis' pedigree consultant Tara Madgwick said.

"Bel Esprit follows in the footprints of the last two winners - Road to Success and True Jewels - both of which were also Classic Yearling purchases," she added.

It has been well documented that Bel Esprit was just a $9,000 purchase for Macedon Lodge's trainer John Symons. The son of Royal Academy is now the winner of five races - all at stakes level.

True Jewels was a $28,000 purchase, while the year before that the John Salanitri trained Diamond winner Road to Success cost just $18,000.

Madgwick was also quick to point out that a half relation to Saturday's brilliant winner will be going under the hammer at April's Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney.

"Coolmore Australia as agent will offer a half sister to Bel Esprit (Lot 45), by the Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch, the reigning champion sire in North America," Madgwick added.

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